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Spring 2016 Readathon

Posted by Caitie F on April 23, 2016

It is that time of year again – the readathon! I am going to do this one a little differently. instead of reading only books in my stacks, I am going to be reading partials I have requested as well.

I have been really busy with client’s edits lately (yay!) and my partials have gotten a little out of hand. Today, I am going to try to read 20 partials. I don’t want ti to be an entire day of work, so for every 5 partials I read, I will get to read for an hour for fun. I think it will be a good balance!

Opening Meme 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? New Jersey!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I will be finishing up JUST VISITING by Dahlia Adler, so that is exciting. I am really excited about A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS, SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, and, of course, the HAMILITOME.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Leftovers from last night’s dinner – my husband made Lamb Kabuli Pulao

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! i am on a swim team – I may be heading to practice today!

 

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Read-a-thon wrap up

Posted by Caitie F on April 26, 2015

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Well this was not a very successful read-a-thon for me. I spent less time reading than I ever have before. My page count makes me sad. Usually I read about 1,300 pages and finish several books. I use the day to get ahead on my goodreads challenge. This year, not so much. Life was too busy (but I did get a super cute haircut!)

Here are my final stats and the end of event meme.

Reading right now: Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories by Katherine Heiny

Books finished: Y: The Last Man: UnMannedClariel

Total pages read: 635

Total time spent reading: 5 hours 40 minutes

Which hour was most daunting for you?

All of them were pretty daunting just because I was so busy! I fell asleep around hour 15. I am not good at staying up late

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Graphic novels are always good! My husband had gotten me Y The Last Man: Unmanned for the holidays this year and it was amazing. i need to read the rest.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheerleaders were amazing!

How many books did you read?

I only completed two, but I read another 120 pages of Fall of Giantswhich made me happy

Which book did you enjoy most?

Clariel was good to read because it was continuing a series I loved.

Which did you enjoy least?

I like Single, Carefree, Mellow, but I should have started the short story collection earlier in the day. Reading it when I was tired did not work. I would have stayed up later if I had saved a full novel for that time.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I am sure I will participate again. I love it!

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Read-a-thon Stacks

Posted by Caitie F on April 24, 2015

Tomorrow is the spring read-a-thon! It is always one of my favorite days.

I won’t e reading all day because I have some plans, but I will be participating. Here are my stacks.

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This is my library books stack – I hope to read at least 100 pages of the Ken Follett. I got the Robyn Carr and the YA books for the read-a-thon specifically.

IMG_0875This is the stack of books I own that I thought might be good! Lots of ARCs I never got to and almost all YA! I have learned that YA is really great for the read-a-thon. I also have a graphic novel to try.

Any recommendations from my stacks? I may be going to the library one more time to see if I want something else.

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Dewey’s Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Posted by Caitie F on April 27, 2014

 

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Another Read-a-thon has come to an end! As always, it was great! Here are my final stats:

Total pages read: 1357

Total time spent reading: 10 hours 11 minutes

 

  • Which hour was most daunting for you?

I needed a break around hour 7 and was done at hour 18

  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Anything by Rainbow Rowell.

  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope!

  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheerleaders were fantastic!

  • How many books did you read?

I finished 4, DNF 2, read some short stories, started 2.

  • What were the names of the books you read?

I finished

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Five Summers by Una LaMarche

I read a couple chapters and DNFed

The Year of Magical Thinking
Fever Pitch

I read 3 short stories in

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

And started

Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John W Dowe
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

  • Which book did you enjoy most?

Landline byRainbow Rowell

  • Which did you enjoy least?

Feer Pitch by Nick Hornby

  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

As long as I am around and don’t have previous plans, I will participate as a reader.

 

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Read-a-thon Update #2

Posted by Caitie F on April 26, 2014

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We had a nice walk and got some ice cream, but the reading part didn’t go so well. I started two books and decided I didn’t like them and took them off of my to-read list. At least I know now. I will read while dinner is cooking.

Reading right now: I am going to read a little of Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John W Dowe and when I have had enough non-fiction will grab a fun YA book.

Books finished: Every You, Every Me by David Levithan, three short stories from Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

Pages read since last update: 391

Total pages read: 891

Total time spent reading: 6 hours 39 minutes

Snacks: Got ice cream while it was still nice out!

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Ready for the Read-a-thon!

Posted by Caitie F on April 25, 2014

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The April Dewey’s Read-a-thon is tomorrow! These days are some of my favorites of the year!

I am not quite as prepared for this years as I usually am, but I do have my stacks of books

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This is the stack from the library. All of these books are on my list for The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge. I figure I may as well try some of them!

Then I have these two stacks of ARCs that I have

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These are a bunch of fun books! I can’t wait to get started. I won’t set an alarm because it is the weekend.What should I make sure I read? I know I will read Landline!

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Read-a-thon Wrap Up!

Posted by Caitie F on October 13, 2013

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Another read-a-thon done! Not my best, but I still had fun. Last night after dinner we went to our friends game store and Jason played games while I read. Everyone else was cool about me reading and it was nice to be out of the house.

Here are my final stats:

Books finished: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, Look at Me by Jennifer Egan, Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates, and How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Total pages read: 1,378

Total time spent reading: 9 hours, 5 minutes

Snacks: had the pork carnitas (YUM!) and the smores cookies

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I fell asleep during hour 17, so I guess that one.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Reading a cozy mystery was great! It was just a fun read!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

No, it is wonderful

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I loved how involved the organizers were on twitter! They made it easy to have conversations and they were really encouraging.

5. How many books did you read?

I read 4 books, plus some

6. What were the names of the books you read?

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Look at Me by Jennifer Egan

Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates

8. Which did you enjoy least?

How to Love, just not for me at all

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

N/A

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I will probably do it in the fall again as a reader!

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Read-a-thon Update #1

Posted by Caitie F on October 12, 2013

dewey1-300x300I am making it through! I hope everyone is having a good time today.

I was most excited for TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan, but was only able to read ten pages. It is a wonderfully written book and i was reading sentences three times and it was a VERY emotional read. I will love reading it, but it is not right for the read-a-thon.

I am taking my first longer break to watch TV, spend time with my wonderful husband, and relax. It is a more laid back read-a-thon for me than in the past, but I am still having fun! I hope to read for at least 8 hours.

Here are my stats

Reading right now: Look at Me by Jennifer Egan

Books finished:  The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Pages read since last update: 623

Total pages read: 623

Total time spent reading: 4 hr 45 min

Snacks: lunch, Scooby Doo Graham Crackers, Laughing Cow cheese wedge

 

 

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Read-a-thon Starting Point!

Posted by Caitie F on October 12, 2013

dewey1-300x300I am getting a late start today, I was up and ready at 8:30, getting my dinner in the slow cooker and realized I had the wrong kind of pork. Why call everything a roast? If it has bones and is separate, that isn’t a roast, don’t call it that! So a shower and grocery trip later, dinner is in the slow cooker, I am at the computer and ready to start!

Here is the stats I will be updating throughout, same as last year!

Reading right now: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I will NOT be finishing this book today, as I read none of it this week. I just want to read at least another 100 pages before I go on to another book.

Books finished: 

Pages read since last update:

Total pages read:

Total time spent reading:

Snacks: Eating my cereal, and yogurt, and the coffee will be ready shortly!

Here are my stacks

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Plus one more of some genre books and Agatha Christie in case I want to really switch it up!

Onto the questions!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Central NJ! It is sunny and beautiful today, it was supposed to be rainy. I am very jealous of all my friends at New York Comic Con, but I didn’t get tickets and get to read instead, so that is fine by me!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

That is a tough one, but probably Two BOys Kissing since i love David Levithan
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I am going to bake some smores cookies in the afternoon. I am sure you have pinned it on pinterest, I will see how it goes!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Umm…I I never know what to put here! Oo I know, my husband is going to be watching a lot of Breaking Bad today and I really don’t like that show. At all. I know it is blasphemy, but I cannot stand it, so I will spend a lot of time upstairs!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Not doing anything differently!

 

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Dewey’s Read-a-thon 2013 Sign Up and Book Pile

Posted by Caitie F on October 6, 2013

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The fall read-a-thon is less than a week away! I have been planning on doing it for a while now, but I wanted to wait until I was absolutely positive to sign up. I am so excited I get to do it!

I still think I have never done the spring one, so this is a once-a-year thing for me and I love it. I think that time in the spring is always just so busy.

I am already getting my plans together. I need to figure out my snacks still, but I am going to cook pork carnitas tacos which will be in the slow cooker all day. Yum!

I already have my two book stacks too. I have a primary stack and a secondary. Here is the primary stack, but it is missing my starting book, The Name of the Wind. It is what I am reading now and I want to finish it and know i won’t do that during the week.

Usually, the read-a-thon is used at least partially to catch up with my reading goal for the year. Thanks to work, I have already gotten there and even bringing my goal up to 150 isn’t a huge stretch if I keep my current position. So i just get to read for fun (and think about the 30 review I have to write).

Here is the primary stack

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Joyland by Stephen King: I learned in my first read-a-thon that Stephen King is a perfect choice for the event. I have read rave reviews about this book, including one from my husband, who wrote this awesome post about his top ten Stephen King books.

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan: I have been meaning to continue this series for a while and the fourth book is coming out this week. Will be a great fast, fun read-a-thon book.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan: i got this at BEA and have been wanting to read it for a while. It got long-listed for the National Book Award! Also, i adore David Levithan.

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody: A fun middle grade fantasy.

How to Love by Katie Cotugno: I have seen so many rave reviews for this book, so I need to read it. I thought it sounded only okay because I do not like pregnancy books, but enough people have talked about it, so I need to read it.

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu: This looks fantastic to me!

Look at Me by Jennifer Egan: I am in the middle of this book too, so if I don’t finish it by then, I will finish it early in the day

Witches and The Mystery Box: Two short story collections! Sometimes it is fun to take a break and read a couple short stories and these are two different genres I love.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon:This doesn’t seem like a good read-a-thon book, but I might pick it as my last book so I can start it.

Time Between and Time After TIme by Tamara Ireland Stone: This series has some time travel and romance. Why wouldn’t I read it?

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis: This lhas been on my shelf for a while, so I might check it out nad see if I like it.

The House at the End of Hope Street by Meena van Praag: I always have a couple books that are out of my usual genres, this is one of them but it looks really wonderful

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler: This looks really good and easy to get lost in

Minders by Michele Jeffe: I need a little dystopian as a possibility!

No Place by Todd Strasser: I started this one at work and knew it wouldnt work there, but it is SO GOOD. The only reason it is in the secondary stack is that there is a lot to think about.

The Selection by Kiera Cass: I have wanted to read this since it came out. Maybe I will get to it.

 

What in my stacks should I prioritize? Let me know in the comments.

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